Religions, Gender, and ‘Genderism’: Interactions Shaping Gender Equality

Religions, Gender, and ‘Genderism’: Interactions Shaping Gender Equality

International Symposium 

Religions, Gender, and ‘Genderism’: Interactions Shaping Gender Equality

October 6-7, 2022, Vilnius, Lithuania

Call for Papers


This International Symposium is one of the activities of the research project “Religion and Gender Equality: Baltic and Nordic Developments”. The Project contract is with the Research Council of Lithuania, number S-BMT-21-4 (LT08-2LMT-K-01-036).

The Symposium aims to discuss ways in which religion, gender and ‘genderism’ interact in contemporary society to shape the perceptions and practices of gender equality. The past decade has been marked by an increase of anti-gender rhetoric in the public discourse of many contemporary societies, and resistance towards ‘genderism’ has been shaping public debates and policy measures. Furthermore, both religious individuals and religious organizations have played a significant role in such processes. Different religious organizations have often identified ‘genderism’ as gender equality politics, gender studies and gender-related issues. This symposium will reflect the theoretical and empirical research conducted within the framework of the results of the international research project, “Religion and Gender Equality: Baltic and Nordic Developments (ReliGen)” and invites scholars from the humanities and social sciences to contribute to the discussion with their research.

We invite you initially to submit a 300-word abstract, and then, at a later date, to submit a 5000-word paper with original research that is related to the keywords: religion and gender, religion and gender equality, genderism. The papers will receive comments from two selected reviewers during the symposium.

Symposium timeline:

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts for symposium – June 1, 2022.
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts – July 1, 2022.
  • Deadline for submission of papers for symposium – September 15, 2022.

A follow-up publication, based on the papers discussed during the symposium, is planned. More information will be shared during the event.

The number of participants of the symposium is limited. Selected participants of the symposium will receive free accommodation in Vilnius.

Organizing committee: Milda Ališauskienė, Eglė Aleknaitė, Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, Anne Hege Grung and Artūras Tereškinas.

Questions about abstracts and papers should be addressed to Eglė Aleknaitė, email: egle.aleknaite[et]

Questions about organization of the event, travel and accommodation should be addressed to Daiva Vilčinskienė, email: daiva.vilcinskiene[et]